Aquaculture Europe 2020 was canceled and rescheduled to 2021, therefore, the European Aquaculture Society will organize two events in 2021, Aquaculture Europe 2020 to be held in Cork, Ireland from April 12 – 15, 2021 and Aquaculture Europe 2021 to be held from October 5 – 8, 2021 in Madeira, Portugal.
Aquaculture Europe 2020, Cork, Ireland
The conference will bring together stakeholders from many diverse disciplines to discuss and debate cross-cutting issues such as new circular economies, life-long health and environmentally sustainable production. The conference parallel sessions will address the overall topic, “The Blue and the Green” and abstract submission is now open here. The full list of proposed parallel sessions is here.
AE2020 will take place at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs Congress Centre, in Cork, from April 12 to April 15, 2021. The Silver Springs is 5 km from Cork city center and shuttle buses will be provided morning and evening to transport delegates.
The AE2020 opening ceremony, conference plenary and Student Spotlight Award will take place on April 12 in the Cork City Hall. The plenary at AE2020 will be presented by Pedro Encarnação, director aquacultura at Jerónimo Martins Agri-Business.
His presentation “Vertical Integration – Securing supply, quality and sustainability: The JMA fish case” will cover vertical integration in the supply chain, going from farm to the grocery store, but also projects of the circular economy, using the food waste from supermarkets to produce insect meal that can be used to feed fish production. His company is also focusing on locally produced fish products or placing production close to markets to increase the freshness of the fish and reduce the carbon footprint.
AE2020 will feature a special international trade exhibition, where Irish and international companies will present their latest products and services. Standard and corner booths are available and each booth is 6m2 (2x3m) and features walls, carpet, two chairs and one table, spotlights, one power outlet, fascia identification sign and two free full delegate registrations for the conference. Additional staff can register through the booth contract at significantly reduced rates.
The AE Industry Forum is a place where presentations and panel discussions focus on relevant and timely issues for the sector. The Industry Forum in Cork will emphasize cold-water marine species and is being organized in cooperation with the aquaculture section of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) and AE2020 Silver Sponsor, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM). It will be held all day on April 13.
Since 2019, the AE Innovation Forum helps accelerate new companies with innovation potential within the aquaculture sector. EAS is teaming up again with HATCH BLUE to organize a full-day event on April 14. The event will feature short presentations and pitches from (young) companies selected through an application process. The organization is interested in attracting applications from new companies with innovative ideas and projects that they would like to pitch during the forum and hearing from investors interested in supporting promising aquaculture initiatives. Applications to pitch can be sent to EAS here. Deadline is December 31, 2020 and successful applicants will be informed by the end of January, at the latest.
The AE event is a focal point for meetings of European associations, satellite workshops of EU projects and other events and a special forum will also be arranged for students attending AE2020 to enable networking and exchanging ideas.
A new event of AE2020 will be the RAS@EAS workshop to be held on April 12 just before the main event. To complement the science presented in the parallel sessions of the AE conference, RAS@EAS takes a different approach, with the emphasis on bringing together key figures from science and industry to focus on key issues, present the latest knowledge and share experience with different species and systems. Each RAS@EAS event will focus on a specific challenge in RAS systems, with several sub-sessions based on interactive discussion and audience participation. The event in Cork takes the theme “Creating an Optimum Environment”, organized in three sessions addressing key questions such as how do we best approach disinfection? Where are we going with monitoring and autonomy? And what are the most problematic interactions between fish and their environment? Each session will have an introductory presentation, followed by a moderated panel discussion. Registration for this event can be made separately or included in the full AE2020 registration package.
Aquaculture Europe 2021, Funchal, Portugal
AE2021 will take place from October 4-7, 2021 in Funchal, Portugal, with “Oceans of Opportunities” as the overall topic. The conference plenary and parallel sessions will address the overall topic and abstract submission will be available within the coming weeks at the AE2021 website.
As with all AE events, AE2021 will feature a special international trade exhibition where Portuguese and international companies will present their latest products and services. Standard and corner booths are available and each booth is 6m2 (2x3m) and features walls, carpet, two chairs and one table, spotlights, one power outlet, fascia identification sign and two free full delegate registrations for the conference. Additional staff can register through the booth contract at significantly reduced rates.
AE 2021 will also feature an Industry Forum, where presentations and panel discussions focus on relevant and timely issues for the sector and our AE Innovation Forum looking to help accelerate new companies. The EAS thematic groups also organize special sessions and/or workshops within AE2021 and there will be satellite workshops of EU projects and other events taking place around the trade exhibition. Technical and touristic tours will also be organized.